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Old 08-16-10, 12:38 PM
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No bail yet for woman who faked cancer
Published On Mon Aug 09 2010



Volunteers claim Ashley Kirilow raised $20,000, but she says it was less than $5,000.
Jennifer Yang Staff Reporter


When Jackie Musial saw Ashley Kirilow in bail court Monday, she had trouble recognizing the woman she once considered a friend.

For the first time since they met approximately half a year ago, Kirilow has hair on her head.

“She looks healthy,” said Musial, a 21-year-old student from Oakville. “The last time I saw her, she looked like a cancer patient. I’ve never seen her with hair.”

Kirilow, a 23-year-old Burlington woman, has admitted to faking cancer and creating a bogus charity to raise money for her personal use. According to friends and family, Kirilow — who shaved her head and plucked her eyebrows to maintain her ruse — has bilked supporters of more than $13,000 in donations.

On Friday, Kirilow turned herself in to an Oakville police station. The young woman now stands charged on three counts of fraud under $5,000.

With a full head of brown hair — long enough to tuck behind her ears — Kirilow appeared briefly in a Milton courtroom Monday morning after spending the weekend in jail. Dressed in blue runners and a pale, peach-coloured frock, she kept her eyes mostly downcast and said her name for the court in a quiet, quavering voice.

Aside from several reporters, Musial and her friend Meredith Dejonge were the only ones to attend Kirilow’s bail hearing.

With no one willing to post her bail, Kirilow was remanded back into custody until her next court appearance on Wednesday. A publication ban has been placed on the proceedings.

For Musial, she is unsurprised no one has volunteered to act as Kirilow’s surety.

“She’s betrayed a lot of people,” she said. “I don’t know anyone who’s willing to stand up for her at this point.”

Kirilow’s father, Mike, said his estranged daughter called him the night before her bail hearing and pleaded with him to attend.

He said it was a difficult decision to make but he and his family have agreed not to bail Ashley out. She has lied to them one too many times, he said.

“We all love Ashley, we've never stopped loving Ashley,” Kirilow said quietly. “We're just very hurt and upset that she's put us through all of this.”

“She had every opportunity to come clean and she did not.”

Kirilow said his family is devastated by Ashley’s actions and he is now trying to shield her seven siblings from the media glare.

“We don't want our faces shown so that when we walk through the streets, people would point,” he said.

Kirilow is unsettled by the many death threats that have been posted online, targeting both his daughter and the duped volunteers with her charity. He hopes people will instead concentrate their energies toward supporting legitimate cancer charities, such as Skate4Cancer led by Newmarket skateboarder Rob Dyer, who once took Ashley Kirilow to Disney World.

“I understand the anger. There's no excuse for it, but Ashley is in the hands of the justice system now,” Kirilow said. “I hope when all is said and done, she really understands the seriousness of what she’s done.”
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

That's quite a ruse.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

This is the sort of scheme on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia that ends with the gang having to give somebody a house.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money


...and all he got was a toupee!
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

$5000? Meh...

Far more have done far worse. She came up with a scam that separated people from their money.

No different than those infomercials that sell real estate buying systems that don't work. That's right folks, NONE of them work.

No different than big business sheltering their profits so as to not pay their fair share of taxes.

And let's not even get started on religion - the biggest sham going. Pat Robertson built a multi-billion dollar empire by begging people for money - preying on their darkest fears and appealing to their worst prejudices.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

well, she did get 13k total.. but sheesh.. if you are going to go through all that trouble.. you gotta go much bigger
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Her first mistake was trying to pull this off in Canada, since they have free health care.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

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Her first mistake was trying to pull this off in Canada, since they have free health care.
Yeah, those godless socialists.....
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I'd hit it.

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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

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Yeah, those godless socialists.....
I saw his joke and it instantly pissed me off as well.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

A local DJ pulled that here for 5 years before he was caught. Pretended to have Lou Gehrig's disease & cancer on air to solicit donations for treatment and his own ALS foundation. Took area listeners for $150,000 before being caught in 2007.



Some info on the case

(LOUISVILLE) -- WAVE 3 has been asked to cooperate in a new federal investigation into Todd Kelly. The former radio personality already faces theft charges in state court for faking ALS and stealing as much as $150,000 in donations meant for other ALS victims. WAVE 3 Investigator Eric Flack has the latest as Kelly's case moves to the federal level.

For more than five years, Kelly claimed to have ALS. He then raised as much as $150,000 from people across the city, state and region to fight the disease. But state investigators say Kelly was a fake.

He doesn't have ALS, and records show he spent all the money his ALS foundation raised on himself -- on everything from liquor to limos to trips.
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I saw his joke and it instantly pissed me off as well.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

I'm very proud she's from my city.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

I can see this in the near future:

Someone has cancer, friends pitch in to raise money for treatment.

Person uses the money for treatment, and gets better.

The friends sue them.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

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I can see this in the near future:

Someone has cancer, friends pitch in to raise money for treatment.

Person uses the money for treatment, and gets better.

The friends sue them.

I agree, that's the logical conclusion from this case.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Makes sense since Canada fakes being a country to get money
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

How did she get caught?
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Screw Mara Rooney, this girl needs to be cast for the Girl with The Awesome Tattoo.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Originally Posted by van der graaf View Post
I'd hit it.

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Agreed with a lil FIX to add my own flavor.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

BTW, this story is Canadian but it has Florida written all over it.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
BTW, this story is Canadian but it has Florida written all over it.
Floridians aren't this intelligent.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Hmmm...

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk/...rst-movie.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1247683/

Life certainly imitates something ... or something.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
A local DJ pulled that here for 5 years before he was caught. Pretended to have Lou Gehrig's disease & cancer on air to solicit donations for treatment and his own ALS foundation...
Speaking of ALS, I was just reading an article on Lou Gehrig and how he may have died from a condition that mimics ALS but is not ALS. That is, Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig's disease.

The condition is caused by repeated concussions and is relatively common in football players and boxers today. When Gehrig was playing baseball batting helmets were not required and he would on occasion get beaned in the head. It's an interesting read, just do a google news search on Lou Gehrig and you'll see it.
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Re: Canadian girl fakes having cancer to get money

I would suspect Munchausen over any desire for money in a case like this.
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